Pinnacle remains a strong No. 2, while QC stays in top 10

11 months ago Jason P. Skoda 0

Pinnacle stayed at No. 2 in the 6A Coaches Poll, but the Pioneers clearly won the week.

They decisively beat then No. 4 Mountain Pointe despite losing quarterback, Spencer Rattler, the nation’s top-ranked signal caller, on the third series and running back Matt Goodlow before halftime.

“Most impressive team so far, they might have the best and second best QB in the state,” one coach said of back up JD Johnson, who looked great in taking over for Rattler.

Another said, “The offense runs like a well-oiled machine even with missing parts.”

Pinnacle is the only team other than Chandler to pick up a No. 1 vote as the Wolves were one point away from being a unanimous choice after pulling away from Queen Creek in the second half.

Red Mountain, which was named on all of the ballots for the first time, stayed at No. 3 as the Mountain Lions won for the 12th time in 13 games dating back to Week 3 of last season.

Highland made the biggest splash after going from out of the top 10 to No. 5. The Hawks hammered Hamilton in a game that was postponed on Friday night and resumed Saturday.

“Great coached team, very physical and sent a statement to the state beating up on Hamilton the way they did.”

Most of the responses about Queen Creek’s loss to No. 1 Chandler were positive with the old “played the state’s top team tough” response. It kept the Bulldogs in the top 10 as they were named on eight of the 11 ballots cast this week.

One coach said of Queen Creek: “Built to make a run in the playoffs. Played the best team in state tough.”

Desert Vista is still a bit of an unknown as the Thunder started the season with two middle of the road California programs. They should move to 4-0 with weaker Arizona opponents – Valley Vista and North – up next before taking on Highland.

Looking ahead the top games of the week No. 3 Red Mountain at No. 4 Perry, Boulder Creek at No. 5 Highland and Mountain View at No. 6 Mountain Pointe.

All three should impact the way the coaches view the top teams in 6A football.



Here is this week’s poll:

Team  (record)                 LW         Points (1st place votes)

  1. Chandler (1-1)            1          109  (10)
  2. Pinnacle (2-0)             2            99 (1)
  3. Red Mountain (2-0)    3            84
  4. Perry (1-1)                  5            67
  5. Highland (2-0)           —           55
  6. Mtn Pointe (0-1)         4           47
  7. Chaparral (2-0)           6          43
  8. Queen Creek (1-1)     7          27
  9. Desert Vista (2-0)      10         26
  10. Liberty (2-0)                9          20

Dropped out: Hamilton (8th)

Others receiving votes: Basha 13, Hamilton 6, Sandra Day O’Connor 5, Desert Ridge 4, Boulder Creek 2, Westview 1.